Hanuakkah, the festival of light, begins tonight at sundown. Jews around the world will celebrate this festive 8-day commemoration of the miracle of a 1-day supply of oil lasting 8 days when the Jews restored the temple. More about that tomorrow, but today we’ll focus on some Biblical principles presented in this festival of light.
Though Hanukkah is not a major feast, requiring 1st century Jews to make a pilgrimage to Jerusalem, Jesus and His family certainly observed the festival, also known as the Feast of Dedication (John 10:22). It was in Jerusalem during the festival of light that Jesus said, “I am the light of the world (John 8:12).
Just as interesting, though, was Jesus’ earlier declaration and admonition to the multitudes in the Galilee:
14 “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.~Matthew 5:14-16
Jesus never missed a teaching moment, and He used things that were seen to teach His followers about things that are unseen!
Now, let’s consider these lessons of light: